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New Hope Farms holds 'Get Well' event


March 14, 2018

You’d have to travel far to find a facility like Goldendale’s New Hope Farms. And people travel far to be here. Some residents at this unique home for developmentally disabled persons come from locales as distant as Michigan and Ohio. There are 21 residents at the home ranging in age from 18 to 65. It also employs about 20 people.

Established in 1978, New Hope Farms now faces a water crisis as its existing well is rapidly dwindling to an unsustainable volume. The facility has a 15,000-gallon tank, and residents are using about 15 gallons a day, so for the moment it’s holding its own. But there’s no way around the fact that the need for a new well is imperative and pressing.

A site for a new well has already been determined, and it’s free of the impact of the state’s Hirst Decision regarding water rights. One grant to dig a new well was rejected because some construction—a prerequisite to determining the new site—had already begun. Lines are in the water fishing for other grants, but to date none has gotten a serious bite.

“It’s an amazing place,” says a spokesperson for New Hope Farms. “As one person puts it, ‘If you’re having a bad day, all you have to do is go over there and visit the activities center—it’s just sheer joy.’ It’s a place that brings a smile to anyone’s face.”

Now a group has taken the initiative to hold a special benefit concert to help raise funds for New Hope Farms’ new well. Called the “Get Well” Benefit Concert, it takes place this Friday starting at 6 p.m. at Community Grace Brethren Church at 1180 S. Roosevelt Street in Goldendale. Featured at the concert will be well-known Christian comic Brett Hollis, the band Sonic Light Brigade, and a lively and well-stocked silent auction. Word is some pleasant surprises could also take place during the evening.

Hollis says he’s excited to be a part of the event. “I’m really looking forward to being there,” the comedian states. “I’ve never been to Goldendale, and this is just a great opportunity to be there and help out.” You can find out more about Hollis’ clean and motivational humor and public speaking at his website,

Sonic Light Brigade returns to public performances in Goldendale after an absence of more than a year, as the ensemble focused on house concerts. Band members are Lou Marzeles, Leslie Geatches, and Meagen Moody. The group’s cohesive harmonies and diverse acoustic music repertoire have made it an area favorite.

People will be able to view items for the silent auction from 6 p.m. on.


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